Nokia’s North American plans include Windows Phone, but no N9 and no Symbian
Although the new MeeGo-based Nokia N9 has been approved by the FCC not long ago, customers over in the US will likely not be able to buy it. Because Nokia currently has no plans to release it in North America – that’s what the company has reportedly told Engadget.
Moreover, Nokia will stop selling Symbian and S40 phones in North America, in order to focus solely on its Windows Phone Mango handsets, which should hit the market starting later this year. All Things Digital quoted Chris Weber, president of Nokia’s US branch, who motivated this by saying:
“The reality is if we are not successful with Windows Phone, it doesn’t matter what we do (elsewhere).”
Well, maybe that’s why you should still keep MeeGo as a plan B, dear Nokia – but we know you aren’t doing it, and the N9 (pictured below) will be the first and last commercially-available MeeGo smartphone. Too bad.
Back to Windows Phone, Nokia is hoping to turn its fortunes when it comes to US market share after launching its first handsets made in collaboration with Microsoft there. The company plans a huge Windows Phone marketing campaign, “significantly larger than anything we have done in the past and the most we will invest in any market worldwide.” What will come out of this? Only time will tell.